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Mala Beads Necklace

A tool for meditation, a mala is a strand of beads traditionally used for counting mantras. One mantra is said for each bead while turning the thumb around the bead. In Tibetan Buddhism, malas of 108 beads are used. The guru bead is believed to represent the student-guru relationship. Start your meditation chant next to the cream lotus guru bead. The brown pitted Rudraksha beads are seeds of the Bodhi tree where the Buddha gained enlightenment. The tassel represents enlightenment. Its strands combine into one, representing our connection to the Divine and to each other. This necklace is made by the artisan group Manushi, which means "energetic women" in Nepali.


  • 19 saj wooden beads, 83 Rudraksha beads, 3 bone/brass beads, 2 turquoise beads with brass rings, 1 louts bead, brass chain tassel
  • 23.25L inches
  • Handcrafted in Nepal

SKU: 5917690


The nonprofit organization Manushi, meaning "energetic woman," was established in 1991 to assist poor, disadvantaged Nepali women. Located in Kathmandu, Manushi works with women in various parts of the country. The organization's goals are to promote gender perspective in sustainable development, to enhance women's social and economic status, to put women in the forefront of human development, and to put marginalized people in the world of work through handicraft production and small businesses. In addition to craft production and marketing, Manushi conducts community development, entrepreneurship and skills training, and provides microfinance loans. Currently some 90 percent of Manushi's artisans are women. Constitutionally Nepali women have rights, explains director Padmasana Shakya, but practically they have few opportunities within a culture that discriminates against women.

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